Tuesday, June 03, 2003

Any More Doubters

I should hope that by now that his naysayers have been effectively silenced and stilled, cursing furtively into their elbows, but just in case anybody still has any doubts about Salam Pax being a real, live Iraqi blogger -- just like in a zoo, see!! -- and don't wish to be proven wrong by that insidious hotbed of liberal lies, The Guardian, take a look at Peter Maas' article over at Slate. It's not the most interesting article, I will be the first to admit, but Salam is a good enough blogger for some extra, though unnecessary (in my book), vindication.

Personally, it would not have bothered me at all if Salam turned out to be a 15-year-old kid in Peoria, because his is a damn fine blog, fact or fiction. As I was telling Crak today, and much to his consternation, even if Salam wasn't 'real' his take on the events in Iraq, first-person or otherwise, were as good, if not better, than any other so-called credible news outlet we had in Iraq before, during, and after the war. The Salam's blog was a fiction, the more fiction the better, I say! Unfortunately, he's now played the 'truth' card, trumping the most vociferous of his doubters; unfortunately this means that it's all the more difficult now to renege and parlay the 'truth' into outright fiction without it more or less transmogrifying into lies, damn lies. *sigh* Oh well, what the hell -- you've given us the truth thus far, Salam, now gives us the lies we need and expect from our Middle East correspondents. You're getting paid now -- assume the proper position, and I'll do the same.